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Hollendorfer Busy Saddling Stakes Horses at Del Mar

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Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will aim to add to his 15 stakes victories at Del Mar and extend a streak of at least one stakes win at the track to a seventh year when he sends out multiple representatives in Friday’s  $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes and Saturday’s $300,000 Grade I Clement L. Hirsch.

Hollendorfer will saddle Omega Star (3-1) and U’narack (9-2) in the Real Good Deal. They are the second and third choices in oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line behind 5-2 favorite Tiz a Minister in a field of nine.

In the Clement L. Hirsch, Hollendorfer has one-third of the nine-horse field with  Lady of Fifty, Via Villagio and Sister Kate set to go against defending race champion Include Me Out.

Omega Star will be running for the first time for Hollendorfer. Owner/breeders Herman Sarkowsky and Martin Wygod turned the 3-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride over to Hollendorfer when John Sherriffs opted to relocate from California to New York.

Hollendorfer said Omega Star, who won the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes in March at Santa Anita and has earnings of $222,250 from six lifetime starts, has been training well. The No. 1 post, from which Omega Star will break under Rafael Bejarano would not have been Hollendorfer’s choice, but he said he expected a good effort.

“Mr. Wygod has given me a chance to train the horse and I’m very grateful,” Hollendorfer said.  Un’arack, a 3-year-old son of Unusual Heat, has two wins and has never been out of the money in four starts. He will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.

In the Clement L. Hirsch, Hollendorfer’s Lady of Fifty drew the No. 1 post and will be ridden by Corey Nakatani, Via Villagio (Mike Smith) the No. 5 and Sister Kate (Martin Pedroza) the No. 7 post.

“Sister Kate won her last race at Sacramento (California Governor’s Cup Handicap, July 13) and Via Villagio was second in that race in her second start off a long layoff,” Hollendorfer pointed out. “So they’re doing real well. Lady of Fifty has a good record (15 starts, 6 wins, 1 second, 5 thirds) and when she’s been beaten it hasn’t been by that far.”

The trio’s running styles are varied enough to give each a chance even though Include Me Out, breaking from the outside post, figures as a solid favorite.

“That’s the tough horse and she has the outside post, so her rider can look in and see what’s happening. We know she’s the horse to beat,” Hollendorfer said.

“Sister Kate tends to be on the front end, Via Villagio has tactical speed and Lady of Fifty can do either. We’ve got good riders on all three and they should be able to get them in good position.”



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